Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey, a Uvalde native, is one of Texas’s most famous actors—“a gossip-blog punch line and a box office monster” as John Spong wrote in 2008. “His mom, Kay, was a kindergarten teacher, and his dad, Jim, had been drafted by the Green Bay Packers, [but ran] a gas station and an oil pipe yard, and died at 64 while having sex with Kay on a Monday morning.”

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Film & TV |
October 14, 2013

Suffer, Dude

Matthew McConaughey plays a bigoted man dying of AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club—and proves once again that he should be taken seriously.

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January 21, 2013

SXSW: 5 Notable Moments

Another memorable SXSW included appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Anthony Bourdain, record-setting attendance, and the return of Matthew McConaughey on the bongos.

Film & TV |
January 21, 2013

Lights, Camera, Carthage!

Nearly fifteen years after Richard Linklater and I started talking about turning a Texas Monthly story into a major motion picture, it’s finally hitting the big screen, with a little help from Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine—and a seventy-year-old retired hairdresser from Rusk named Kay Baby Epperson.

Film & TV |
January 21, 2013

The Spirit of ’76

How Matthew McConaughey got discovered, why Renée Zellweger’s part is so small, why some of the actresses can’t eat ketchup to this day, and everything else you didn’t know about the making of the classic high school flick Dazed and Confused.

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April 30, 2012

A Q&A With Skip Hollandsworth

The executive editor on what it was like to work with Richard Linklater on Bernie, the star-studded film based on an East Texas murder story.